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meek adj
1 humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" [syn: mild, modest]
2 very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes [syn: tame]
3 evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others"; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott; "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion"; "was submissive and subservient" [syn: compliant, spiritless]

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Middle English meek, meke, borrowed from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse mjúkr, "soft".



  1. Humble, modest, meager, or self-effacing.
    • 1848: Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
      Mrs. Wickam was a meek woman...who was always ready to pity herself, or to be pitied, or to pity anybody else...
    • "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew chapter 5, verse 5)
  2. Submissive, despirited, or of broken will.


humble, modest, or self-effacing
submissive, despirited, or of broken will

Extensive Definition

Meek means to be humble. It may refer to:

See also

meek in German: Meek
meek in French: Meek

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